1. Michael Craze was a British actor noted for his role of Ben Jackson, a companion of the Doctor, in the long-running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.
2. He played the part from 1966 to 1967 alongside both William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton.
3. Craze was born in Newquay, Cornwall. He got into acting by chance as, at the age of twelve, he discovered through Boy Scout Gang Shows that he had a perfect boy soprano voice.
4. This led him to win parts in The King and I and Plain and Fancy, both at Drury Lane, and Damn Yankees at the Coliseum.
5. Once he had left school, he went into repertory and got into TV through his agent.
6. Before Doctor Who, Craze founded a film company, Mantic, and produced an award-winning short film entitled Fragment directed by Norman J Warren.
7. Other television roles include parts in Dixon of Dock Green and Z-Cars.
8. He also appeared in the horror/fantasy/romance film Neither the Sea Nor the Sand .
9. In the 1980s, Craze acted only occasionally and also managed a pub.
10. Craze was married to Edwina Craze, a television producer and previously a floor manager, whom Craze met while working on Doctor Who.
11. The Doctor Who theme music accompanied his coffin at the funeral.